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  1. I think using the pendulum of the clock is an excellent opening sequence for film noir. The steady swinging combined with the shadows on the wall foretell something to dread. Then we see the entire clock with a man watching. The pendulum is no longer the focus of the scene, but remains an integral part. The clock tells us time is passing, has perhaps passed by this man, or stood still for him. Being released from behind the gates begins the passage of time once again. What he does with that restored time remains to be seen.
  2. The first thing to stand out for me in this opening clip is the way the elevator operator comments on the improvement in clientele for the detective. This gives our detective a heads up that there is someone interesting waiting to see him. He initially seems ready to dismiss this 'reporter' until she mentions the jade. This interests him enough to bring her into the office to find out just what she knows. He is aware that she couldn't have just come across this information as she says so he takes the precaution of locking the door and taking the key in order to keep her at a disadvantage.
  3. The opening scene of Laura is almost as innocuous as many of the murder mysteries made in the 1930's. A scene is set with furnishings. A detective waits to question someone. But in this case Mr. Lydecker is clearly in charge and directing the story. In the mysteries from the 1930's, Hildegard Withers, the beginning of the Thin Man series, the Torchy Blaine films, there are many opening shots that show the setting before the people. What makes this film noir is that while the furnishings and setting are being established we have the narration of Mr. Lydecker directing us to what he wants u
  4. It is difficult for me to reply strictly objectively. Dark Passage is one of my all time favorite films and my personal favorite of the films that Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made together. The point of view in the opening sequence is further expanded as the film goes on. The establishing shots are terrific, but the character is still a mystery in the few minutes we see in the opening shown. Five more minutes would give a much more clear picture of where the film is going and what sort of characters we have. And in response to another post, yes, the seat covers that the film
  5. I think the most surprising thing about this opening is not the initial gun shot nor the ones that follow. The workers stay put until the shots end, then go to see what has happened. The woman then issues orders that are followed without question implying that following orders is the way of life and you don't question the boss, even when it is clear she has murdered a man. The matter-of-fact approach is what, I believe, makes this such a great example of film noir.
  6. "What are some of the specific shots, sounds, or techniques that add "darker touches" to this opening scene?" I think the opening scene could be from any number of films not made in the film noir style until the train goes through the tunnel. At that point, when it suddenly gets dark the audience is given the sense that things can change unexpectedly. Then the opening becomes the warning and fear of the unknown.
  7. I think what is vital to establishing the mood of the film is the lack of extraneous sound. There is no ominous music. There are no background sounds from traffic or people. There is one sound we hear, a voice or a bell. That one sound moves to the next with no overlay. The lack of sound combined with the use of shadow and camera viewpoint establish from the beginning the darkness and dread to follow.
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